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Kip Moore, ‘Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck’ – Song Review

Kip Moore
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A swampy blues guitar drives Kip Moore‘s second single. The ‘Mary Was the Marrying Kind’ singer doesn’t pretend to be anything but country with the lyrics, however. The result is a unique hybrid born out of Nashville, the Mississippi Delta and Mother Goose’s nursery rhyme book.

Moore builds the story in a style familiar to anyone who remembers ‘There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.’ The first verse goes, “There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck / In a farmer’s field / A ‘No Trespass’ sign / And time to kill / Nobody’s gonna’ get hurt / So what’s the big deal / Somethin’ ’bout a truck / In a farmer’s field.”

Subsequent verses — four total — build atop that framework. There’s, “Somethin’ ’bout a beer / Sittin’ on ice,” “Somethin’ ’bout a girl / In a red sundress,” and “Somethin’ ’bout a kiss / That’s gonna lead to more” before Moore gets to the chorus.

“There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck in a field and a girl in a red sundress with an ice cold beer to her lips / Begging for another kiss / There’s somethin’ ’bout you and me and the birds and the bees and Lord have mercy it’s a beautiful thing / Ain’t nothin’ ’bout it luck / There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck.”

To be clear, only the structure of the song works like a nursery rhyme. The roaming slide guitar brings heat to the cornfield Moore is set up in, and the driving rhythm builds to a climax before relaxing and fading away. Mother Goose never made the most modest mommies and daddies shout “Good Lawd almighty!” as this song does.

There really isn’t enough Mississippi Delta blues infused with country music these days — although Randy Houser did a nice job mixing the style into his most recent album — so Moore gets bonus points for being innovative. Vocally, he’s not a perfect match for this style, but he’s able to overcome somewhat cliche lyrics to create a memorable single.

3 Stars

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